Mike83

Calfskin vs cowhide durability

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Having some trouble picking leathers for durability.

Obviously a thick cowhide leather is going to be stronger than a thin calfskin, but, unless you're dealing with a thickness that isn't available in calfskin, that doesn't really come into it. For leather clothing, shoes, most bags, etc., the thickness required is available in both calf and cow.

Like-for-like (similar thickness and similar tannage), which one is going to be more durable - calfskin, or mature cowhide. For scuffing/abrasion? Splitting? Stretching? Cracking?

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Supposedly calf is stronger ounce for ounce because of fibers being closer together.  I'd say in practice on most items the difference isn't significant enough to make a huge difference (though some here may disagree). 

 Personally I'd think how it's tanned would make a much bigger difference than "cow or calf"  I have some "Janus Calf" from CF Stead, it's soft and has a nude finish (meant for full-grain-suede shoes), I'm sure it's pretty strong, but it probably wouldn't hold up as well as a stiffer "boot leather" that's made of cow.  I also have some thinner but stiff calf that I got as scrap from the same $$$ shoe company, it probably is more durable than a similar thickness "cow leather" but still not significantly so.  I imagine if I made wallets our of each, the individual usage by the final customer would have a lot more to do with it than the original material. 

 

Scuffing, Abrasion, cracking all have more to do with the finish than the material and how well it's tanned- none of those things should be common in cow or calf.  Stretching is gonna vary depending on the part of the hide, but probably not super different. 

  

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Thanks.

What about bison? Is that materially stronger than calf in the same weight and tannage, or is that just hype on the part of the bison farmers/tanners?

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